Well, Ryan Lochte really seems to have won the hearts of America away from Michael Phelps. His amazing swimming abilities and stunning beauty have already made Lochte a folk hero despite having one gold medal to Phelps' every swimming gold medal from the beginning of time. Just look at what random strangers on Twitter are saying:
Michael Phelps and his short bus face got all the shine meanwhile, Ryan Lochte was somewhere existing and I didn't know. I feel cheated.
— Surely, Bassey (@BasseyworldLive) July 30, 2012
Question: how many licks does it take to get to the center of Ryan Lochte??Answer: I'm willing to find out.
— East Coast Betch (@EastCoastBetch_) July 30, 2012
That awkward moment when Ryan Lochte makes everyone forget about Michael Phelps.
— That Awkward Moment (@SoVeryAwkward) July 30, 2012
Now, Lochte has the all important "Call Me Maybe" parody to enter his meme phase of internet celebrity. Next it's photoshopped images of him with cats or being a cat followed by fanfiction of him making sweet sweet love to Harry Potter and Dean Winchester.